invstr Meets – Claire Cockerton
invstr’s Lea Jakobiak went to meet with Claire Cockerton the CEO of Plexal and the founder of Innovate Finance. Watch to see what she has to say about Fintech and why she got involved in the world of finance.
Claire Cockerton, a serial entrepreneur and industry leader in financial services, is co-founder and ambassador of Innovate Finance, a City of London and Canary Wharf Group-backed group promoting fintech startups. She is founder and chairwoman of Entiq, a firm delivering innovation strategy and product development programmes for large corporates. She also set the strategy and co-led the implementation of Level39, Europe’s largest technology accelerator dedicated to fintech, retail and smart city technologies. Cockerton is an active member of Women in Tech, Tech London Advocates and Women Shift Digital, and is a member of Boris Johnson’s London Tech Ambassador Group.
She was the founding CEO of Innovate Finance, a City of London and Canary Wharf Group backed movement for a more balanced, resilient, and accessible financial services sector. Launched by Entiq, 54 fintech founders and the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, IF’s vision was to radically transform every aspect of banking to deliver more choice to consumers and benefit to society.
A rundown on Plexal
Based out of East London, here’s what they have to say about the services they offer and the firms mission:
‘At Plexal startups and corporates come together to design and create the connected products that will improve our lives. Our community collaborates together in state-of-the-art environments; driven by the pulse of design, technology and enterprise. We offer services that inspire vision, empower businesses to scale, and ultimately weave a legacy.
Here, we help companies perform on an international stage, and we are connecting the UK’s best to forge a lasting footprint on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Plexal will initially take 68,000 sq.ft. of the most connected building in Europe and work alongside companies big and small who are pioneering new technology within their fields. Together, this community will create beautiful and connected products designed to improve all areas of life from Sport and Wellbeing to Fashion and IoT.
We will offer a full range of services including bespoke accelerator and corporate innovation programmes, practical entrepreneurship courses for post-graduate students, prototyping facilities, a suite of back-office & professional services, financing options, and a state of the art technology lab. These services are designed to support entrepreneurs scaling their businesses, as well as helping corporates realise and incubate new ideas.
All of this, situated in a beautiful, flexible and healthful working space, amongst an active community focused on making life better through technology.
At full occupancy, the centre will connect up to 800 members and organisations, and has capacity to expand; scaling firms into other space across the estate.
Plexal will help preserve and enrich local assets and strengths, including the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park sporting facilities, the manufacturing and creative heritage of Hackney Wick, East London’s entrepreneurs, and internationally connected corporates.
Our ambition is that this centre will be where chain reactions begin; a node for tech companies coming to the UK and home for British-based businesses looking to forge internationally. Plexal is set to open fully in spring 2017.’
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